July 17, 2009
Food Safety Bill Backlash
From the WallStreet Journal:
Legislation to overhaul the nation's food-safety system has spurred a backlash from livestock and grain farmers who don't want the Food and Drug Administration inspecting farms.
The legislation, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, aims to give the FDA more money and authority to police food safety, and technically doesn't apply to foods the agency doesn't regulate: meat, poultry and some egg products, which are regulated by the Department of Agriculture.
And also from CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Politics:
The House Agriculture Committee chairman threatened Thursday to slow the progress of a food safety bill until the concerns of farm groups are addressed.
Minnesota Democrat Collin C. Peterson said he is worried that the bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate farm activities.
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We have to consider the impact on farmers and ultimately on the end consumer. The net effect will ultimately be higher prices for consumers.
Posted by: Mike Anderson | Jul 18, 2009 3:23:55 PM